Author: Francis Kelley/Thu, Oct 24, 2013/Categories: Long Island Medial Malpractice

eastern_long_island_hospital_gets_D_rankingOne hospital on Long Island received a ‘D’ safety grade in a recently published ranking.

New York Newsday reports that The Leapfrog Group has recently published its twice-a-year grading system on the nation’s hospitals. The hospitals are ranked on numerous factors and received a letter grade, from A to F.

Each hospital on Long Island was assessed for The Leapfrog Group’s rankings and the worst performing facility was Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y., which got the second-worst grade, a ‘D’.

Errors during and after a surgery, drug mix-ups in which hospital staff administer or prescribe the wrong drug to a patient, injuries and illnesses acquired during hospital stays, and other factors are considered when The Leapfrog Group pins a letter grade on a facility, according to information gleaned from hospitalsafetyscore.org, Leapfrog Group’s site.

Based on the rankings, Eastern Long Island Hospital received worse than the average score in the following categories assessed for the grading that deal with actual patient care:

  •  Falls and Trauma
  • Breathing Failure After Surgery
  • Collapsed Lung Due to Medical Treatment

The Leapfrog Group’s rankings also considered hospital administration organization and protocols that, if followed and modernized, can improve patient care. Eastern Long Island Hospital received worse than the average hospital score in the following categories:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Culture Measurement, Feedback and Intervention
  • Teamwork Training and Skill Building
  • Identification and Mitigation of Risks and Hazards
  • Nursing Workforce
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Care of the Ventilated Patient
  • Surgery Patients Received Appropriate Treatment to Prevent Blood Clots at the Right Time

Newsday.com also reports that 13 hospitals on Long Island received a ‘C’ grade in this latest ranking.

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